Written by alias843 on 09 Apr, 2010
With only one night in Singapore, we knew that maximizing our time was going to be key. We also determined quickly that there wasn't any way that we would be able to see everything we wanted to, or even close. We got a…Read More
With only one night in Singapore, we knew that maximizing our time was going to be key. We also determined quickly that there wasn't any way that we would be able to see everything we wanted to, or even close. We got a shuttle from the airport directly to our hotel (it seems like most hotels are covered by these shuttles, for a nominal fee.) Once there we checked in, which is a story for another day, then we headed out in search of some of the good food we heard was everywhere in Singapore.As luck would have it, we stumbled on one of the many food courts that the hawkers have been moved into. There were so many choices here that it was almost impossible to choose. We eventually settled on Indian and got some mild, flavorful curry and some savory pastry. The only seats that we could find were in front of a beverage stand, so we decided to get something to drink (not a hard decision as the heat was pretty intense). We opted for the green beverage in the large container in front instead of any of the canned options, because as far as I know, I'm only in Singapore once and I might as well drink the mystery green beverage. It turned out to be sugar cane juice. Which was right up my alley, monster sugar tooth and all. Others might feel differently as it was VERY sweet.After this brief stop we were off again towards Arab Street. It turned out to be a highlight of our time in Singapore. Arab Street is full of merchants looking to custom tailor you a suit or sell you beautiful silks. It is also a lovely interesting place with colorful, colonial buildings. We purchased some pretty silk scarves as souvenirs at about $3US apeice, we considered it a steal. If we had more time, we may have considered the tailors' offers as there rates were quite reasonable and the fabrics were lovely.We spent the rest of the day wandering around and looking at all the historic sights we could. We took in historic churches and mosques. We also made it to Merlion Park to take a look at the Merlion. We weren't sure what we were looking at at first but the number of tourists around convinced us that this was a sight worthy of pictures. We had a laugh later when we looked it up in the guidebook and discovered that it was the mascot of Singapore. Next time we'll try to do more research before arrival.We arrived in Singapore after touring Malaysia and the level of cleanliness an order is borderline ridiculous. It reminded me most of a Disney park, where men in white suits run around all day making sure that everything is as clean and orderly as possible, so the "magic" isn't ruined. It seemed as though a lot of the charms of southeast Asia had been sanitized out. Though if you don't want to deal with any unpleasantries (or at least any more than the normal human condition requires) this might be the destination for you. Close
Written by Eric from Aiea on 22 Oct, 2009
When a Javanese friend texted and said that we all should meet in Lau Pa Sat for dinner, I had to google and see just where this big hawker stand was located. The location on the map looked familiar, and I realized I had stopped…Read More
When a Javanese friend texted and said that we all should meet in Lau Pa Sat for dinner, I had to google and see just where this big hawker stand was located. The location on the map looked familiar, and I realized I had stopped there before for a lunch but had never been there at night. She made an excellent call on going there – and it really is a totally different place at night.There are many hawker locations throughout Singapore, some small and then there large ones like Lau Pa Sat or Maxwell. People tend to flock to these concentrated spots at the big hawker areas, where it just seems there are food stall everywhere and each one is preparing its special items. All of the food preparation is under tough health inspection laws, which is very noticeable if you have been anywhere else in Asia and seen what stalls without the laws look like. Here you will find Malay dishes being cooked next to South India specialties, Indonesian noodle and rice dishes, Regional Chinese foods, Thai and many other types of cooking. From wonderful omelets to so many different curries to spicy beef noodle dishes – everything you could think of is here amongst the shouted orders, clanging and clinking of pots and the smells of so many spices floating through the air as they are being added to dishes and from those that are cooking. And on the weekends there are also live bands added to all this. This all is part of experiencing Singapore.Lau Pa Sat is also known in Malay as Telok Ayer Market, which means water bay. In the early nineteenth century, it was but a simple wooden building, located on stilts over the waters of Telok Ayer Bay. This whole portion of the city is an area that originally was the coast line. Back in 1894, after the land had been reclaimed from the sea, the market was rebuilt as the structure that it is today by Municipal Engineer James MacRitchie, who was probably the key figure in much of the design of the city of Singapore. (You will find many different items about him in the Asian Civilizations Museum in the Singapore history section.) MacRitchie added cast-iron supports to strengthen the Victorian structures of the building. The original center area had a fountain that was later removed to make more space. In 1973-86, the market was converted into a hawker centre and closed in 1986 to make way for a new Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) line. It was renamed to Lau pa Sat in 1991 and reopened as a festival tourist market, and then in 1995 it reverted to the massive Victorian hawker market it is today.After we had linked up at the front of the market, we wondered around for about 10 minutes looking at where we wanted to start and looking for a table. There is a lot of seating – but often a lot of people as well. If there is a fan nearby, always will be more people there – since Singapore can still be a bit warm and humid even in the evening. There is plenty of outside seating in some of the side streets closed in the evening to traffic as well. The whole of that outside area is lit up in blue or white Christmas lights strung all over the place. Just to see that in itself is worth a night visit to the market! After finding a table, the three of us soon filled the table up with foods from about 5 different stalls and reflecting fully the different tastes we had (the Singaporean girl with us was Chinese). There was a Malay omelets, roti telur, chick satay with peanut sauce, rice with Chinese sausage bits, vegetable dishes, and so much more Indonesian and Chinese foods. We went to one of the drink stands and got green coconut and other canned drinks for our feast. For three people, our total costs were about SD25 for everything. We picked a spot that was also great for people watch, and we all really enjoyed trying all the foods we had gotten. There was not much left on any plate by the time we finally left. I have to hand it to my Javanese friend and changing my thinking about places to really enjoy dinner in Singapore. These days I have to wonder why I had always just thought of the hawker stands of Singapore as a great lunch gathering spot – when they can be so much fun at night. I definitely look forward to the next trip to do it again. Close
Written by Drever on 16 Apr, 2009
Lying almost on the equator, Singapore is a thriving city-state with the busiest harbour in the world. Indeed it was realising its strategic position on world trade routes and its large natural harbour that persuaded Sir Stamford Raffles of the British East India Company to…Read More
Lying almost on the equator, Singapore is a thriving city-state with the busiest harbour in the world. Indeed it was realising its strategic position on world trade routes and its large natural harbour that persuaded Sir Stamford Raffles of the British East India Company to establish a colony here. Raffles founded Singapore City in 1819. As part of his grand plan for the city he recommended setting aside different areas of the town for the each of the various ethnic groupsThis former trading post and colony has carved a unique niche for itself in its two centuries of existence - offering a combination of modern skyscrapers, remnants of tropical rainforest and colourful ethnic urban areas, each with distinct characteristics. While Chinese, Indian and Malay form the backbone of the population it also carries a huge foreign resident and transit population of Americans, Burmese, Europeans, Indonesians, Japanese and other Asians.Arab Street, centre of the Arabian quarter, is the traditional home of Singapore’s textile dealers. It is also a good place for general shopping. Chinatown is a bustling and colourful area with shops, teahouses and restaurants, and with several temples such as the Budda Tooth Temple and the Sri Mariamman Temple, the oldest Hindu national monument in Singapore. Serangoon Road is the centre of Little India. It is the area to poke around for bangles, gold jewellery, silk saris and Indian spices.No trip to Singapore would be complete without a visit to the world-famous Raffles Hotel for a ‘Singapore Sling’ in the Long Bar. A statue of Sir Stamford Raffles stands on the banks of the Singapore River where he first set foot in the then fishing village. Singapore has fulfilled his dreams in spectacular fashion! Nearby is Parliament House, the oldest government building in the city.Raffles originally decided on five quays. Of these, Boat Quay, Clark Quay and Robertson Quay lines the river through the heart of the city. Boat Quay flanks the river opposite Raffles landing site. It has now become one of Singapore’s most popular bar and recreation areas, with traditional shop-houses converted into restaurants and clubs. Upriver on the same side of the river is Clarke Quay a complex of colonial warehouses converted into bars, outdoor restaurants, clubs, souvenir shops and mobile stalls that present the ‘Old Singapore’ to the tourists. Orchard Road is the ‘Fifth Avenue’ or ‘Oxford Street’ of Singapore, and just as bustling, with its vast luxury malls, shops ranging from stores to sellers of souvenir tat, as well as cafes and restaurants. The Botanic Gardens, over 52 hectares (128 acres) of landscaped parkland and primary jungle to the west of the city contains a wide range of animal and plant life. Within the gardens is the National Orchid Garden, which has the largest collection in the world. Other interesting attractions in Singapore City include the Singapore Art Museum, the Asian Civilization Museum; the National Museum & Art Gallery; the Singapore Mint Coin Gallery.As well as the wealth of tourist attraction one of the most noticeable features of this bustling city-state is its cleanness. Crime is almost unknown due in part to the severe punishments metered out to those that transgress. With warm and humid temperatures throughout the year Singapore has no distinct wet or dry season. It is compact and contains a wealth of interesting places for tourists to visit. Its one drawback is the high cost of dining. Close
Written by Eric from Aiea on 05 Apr, 2009
In December, I was trying to figure out when and where to take my 2 weeks R&R out of the "Cradle of Civilization", and get as far from here as I could. That was when I started coming upon the idea of travelling around the…Read More
In December, I was trying to figure out when and where to take my 2 weeks R&R out of the "Cradle of Civilization", and get as far from here as I could. That was when I started coming upon the idea of travelling around the world, and stopping in Singapore for St Patrick’s Day. I had always wanted to go there and see what it was like – what better time than now to find out.With my best friend advising me on what was going on, I began to lay out a great plan – that of course was changed completely in February and instead of starting my vacation in Singapore – I had to start it in Arkansas and go the other way around the world. The change ment I would be spending six days in Singapore – and returning to Iraq from there. But I had my wish to do ST Paddy’s at the far corner or the former British Empire.I used several great websites to get up to date information on all the ST Patrick’s Day events occurring, and http://www.st-patricks-day.com/irish-pubs-singapore.asp is a great link into everything happening. I also recommed that anyone planning such a trip for ST Patrick’s Day consult the ole sage of advise - http://www.irishpubsdirectory.com/ as a great first stop for tracking what Irish pubs are around. I had a pretty good list of where I wanted to go before I got to Singapore.Singapore is a place in that it offers something new around every corner. I am hard pressed to say I have been anywhere like it - and its probably why I keep coming back. The metro system makes things so easy for getting around – and every stop is like getting off in a different place on the globe as you walk to street level. I admit to having spent an afternoon taking the metro around to its far reaches – just to look and see what was there when I got there. It is a lot of fun trying the hawker stands – or the street side eateries, and being able to have some food that is so different and with such a wide variety when you are a fan of Malay and Indonesian cooking. Exactly the place you need to be after 5 months in Iraq eating really bland food in a messhall. If you are staying on the northeastern portion of Orchard Road - there are some great hawker stands there – and absolutely no reason to pay 20-30 SGD for breakfast at a hotel. And if your able to find the mango or sweet potato puffs – those are worth your stopping and trying. (The Polar Curry Puffs that you find in the Metro shopping areas are definitely a great snack as well). If you are staying near Boat Quay or Clarke Quay – best bet is Circular Road behind Boat Quay. There you will find some of my favorite street eateries in Singapore – whose reviews I out to write – but never remember to bring my pad and pen. One will find really good – and very inexpensive Chinese, Thai, Indian, and Malay foods – and my favorite Roti and Curry place as well – there on Circular Road. Chinatown Square is another great location for breakfast or a snack. I always go to Chinatown Square area on first day in Singapore to get what is my staple food of snacks – the chili pork strips that are sweet and hot. I also am a fan of the ginger and sweet potato soup you can find there.I did an early scouting of Penny Black – stopping in for a pint of beer my first night in town, and it is always a good place to start a night off, and sometimes it’s a good one to end it as well. The location is such that you probably will be there before dinner – or you end up there after going around pubbing. I actually found Molly’s after eating on Circular Road at an eaterie down the street that has wonderful roti and curry, and stopping in for a mid afternoon ST Paddy’s day pint of hard cider. As oppressively hot and humid as Singapore is – I always find that a pint of hard cider sitting in a pub with AC sure tastes great midday! The same goes for Durty Nelly’s – my first time there had been for a mid day drink – out with several local friends.When night time comes around – Clarke Quay is the place to be – and I tried doing three different clubs a night there to see which ones I liked the most. There are now two places with Cuban bands – and awesome music – but the one upstairs has an almost 8 USD price for beer – and I can pass on that – or could have if a friend was not working there! I liked the band and atmosphere at Pump, and the beers. I also liked the really late night crowd at Arena – and it gets two thumbs up for great staff and great music. But the one place I owe a review on is called Lunar Asian Fusion Bar. There are a lot of places I recommend – but this is one that gets the capitol COOL – with Chinese rock bands – and the red atmosphere and Chinese décor – it is a must see place amongst many places you may want to go too. http://www.lunar.sg/ Close
Written by SeenThat on 14 Mar, 2009
The most popular resort in Singapore is located on an island just south of the city. It features a two-kilometer long sheltered beach, Fort Siloso, golf courses, five-star hotels, and the upcoming Resort Worlds at Sentosa, which includes the Universal Studios Singapore theme park. The…Read More
The most popular resort in Singapore is located on an island just south of the city. It features a two-kilometer long sheltered beach, Fort Siloso, golf courses, five-star hotels, and the upcoming Resort Worlds at Sentosa, which includes the Universal Studios Singapore theme park. The name means "peace and tranquility" in Malay, a strange choice for a place hosting five million visitors per year.The Island500 meters south of Singapore’s main island, Sentosa occupies an area of five square kilometers. Almost three-quarters of the island are covered by secondary rainforest in which native flora and fauna thrive; it features also a very long beach of white sands. The island is in the process of being enlarged.AccessBuses are the best way of reaching the island and moving around, but other options exist. A cable car links it with Mount Faber through Harbour Front. The Sentosa Express monorail has four stations on Sentosa and links the island with the VivoCity shopping mall. The mall can be reached by the Harbour Front MRT station of the North East MRT Line. Within Sentosa there are three bus services, named Blue, Yellow and Red lines, and a tram service called the Beach Train.
Written by manlalakbay on 23 Jun, 2008
We had a friend living in Singapore who had an extra room to accommodate us during our stay. The moment we arrived in Singapore, we messaged him to tell us we were there. To make sure we were okay, he called us.…Read More
We had a friend living in Singapore who had an extra room to accommodate us during our stay. The moment we arrived in Singapore, we messaged him to tell us we were there. To make sure we were okay, he called us. He made us decide whether we want to go to Suntec City where he works or whether we meet him in the train station near where he lives. We decided on Suntec City since we might be able to arrange some tours for the next few days we were there.So with our luggage and all that, we hailed a cab. I asked my friends if it would be okay for me to ride upfront beside the driver since I wanted to feel what it is like to be a passenger at a left hand drive mobile. They let me have me way. I was giggling at the novelty of it, but it doesn’t feel any different riding in a right-hand drive. It was just fun experiencing something for the first time no matter how mundane. LOL.There is really nothing like the first time of anything, huh? I was just observing everything we were passing. It was wonderful not having to go through traffic at 7PM, which is usually rush hour time in the Philippines. The cab was just cruising to Suntec City. I spotted the Singapore Flyer, which I said looked like the London Eye. It was due to open a week after our arrival, the cab driver said. It would have been interesting seeing Singapore from that giant ferris wheel.I tried to make conversation with the cab driver, and we talked about their money for one thing. I told him that I found the Singapore money very interesting since it comes in various sizes depending on the value. The biggest bill is 50 Singapore Dollar while the smallest was the S$2, which has a transparent bit in it. He asked what Philippine money was like. I told him it was the same size for every bill. And he went, “but how can you tell which money it is?” I found that a funny comment, though he was in earnest. I just had to answer, “we have to look at our money before we use it.”Finally we neared Suntec City. He asked where we were to be dropped. We thought there was just only one entry, only to find out that there were five towers! We didn’t know which tower our friend worked in. So we just told him to drop us at the nearest stop. That was Tower 1.We were laughing like loons when we realized that we were lugging around our big luggages in the middle of cosmopolitan Singapore! We looked like lost tourists, which what we were exactly at that moment.We saw an information desk at the first floor of tower 1, so we decided to go in and ask. The funny thing was, I was used to doors that opened once you were on the welcome mat. When that didn’t happen, I tried pushing the door. The guy at the front desk was making a sign which I did not understand. Apparently, he was telling us to push a button. Thankfully, one of us saw the button that was to be pushed. Once we were able to talk to the dude at the desk, he told us to cross the street and we can see the sign that said tower 5. After we thanked him, we proceeded to our way. It was so funny crossing the street in a hurry with large luggages in tow. We were so scared to violate any traffic rules lest we get penalized without even starting our vacation yet.We entered the mall part of Suntec City. Still, with our luggages. We scanned for money changing places, where we could buy stuff we needed and wanted. However we could not find where our friend was. Thankfully, he was to be off in ten minutes. So while waiting, we do what most tourists do -- Take pictures! We took photos of ourselves looking like lost sheep, hugging our big baggages. When our friend saw us, he almost died of embarrassment. LOL. He wanted to pretend that he did not know us, but we knew he was really just happy to see us. LOL.And so that was how we started our time in Singapore – lost in Suntec City. Close
The airports in the Philippines vary from the decrepit to the slightly modern. I already enjoy our Manila and Davao airports because at least it isn't that hot, but seeing the Singapore airport was truly an experience in itself for me.As we left…Read More
The airports in the Philippines vary from the decrepit to the slightly modern. I already enjoy our Manila and Davao airports because at least it isn't that hot, but seeing the Singapore airport was truly an experience in itself for me.As we left the plane and into the tube, I was surprised to hear a greeting of “Magandang Hapon po.” It was our local greeting of good afternoon. I suddenly had second thoughts that we might still be in the country. Only when we entered the airport proper that I know we were in another country.People of all colors were all over the place. Without meaning to be politically incorrect, there were whites, blacks, yellows, reds, browns in the airport. Businessmen in their spiffy suits and attache cases. Families and tourists with their casual wear and cameras. It was all so interesting. Finally, I was a foreigner myself. I had such a feeling of elation. You may find it silly, but it was a new experience. I have been so used to the homogeneity of the Philippines, that being in a multi-racial set-up was truly exciting.One of my biggest fun was riding the walkalator. Finally, I get to ride on one and not just see it in the movies anymore! So my companions and I stepped on it. We were giggling the whole time, enjoying the novelty of the thing. I took my camera and started snapping away at the images of the airport. I completely forgot that I was moving, that I almost tripped flat on my face as the walkalator reached the end. Thank God for my good sense of balance or I might have started the vacation injured. Tee-hee!The airport was simply marvelous! It had it’s own sort of mall that you could do your own shopping there already. Of course, it would be cheaper to get it outside. But for people who might be in a rush or have a limited time in Singapore, they can do last minute shopping in the airport. And for sure, it seems they have something that people will need. From perfumes to food to clothes, stalls and boutiques of all sorts can be found there.What I was most happy about was the information area. There were pamphlets and maps about anything and everything Singapore. It was all for free too. Which is good. So I got most of the stuff that I could understand and possibly do during the duration of our stay. Maps of the train lines. Schedules of activities in famous tourists spots. Places to go. Wonderful! It made our life a little easier.We enjoyed looking around the airport so much that by the time we were done having our passports stamped, there were only six luggages left from our plane, three of those ours. They were already left by the conveyor belt. We were just laughing at our ignorance and could hardly care if we are looking like silly first-time tourists because that was what exactly what we were. Tee-hee!It was also quite organized as well. For those without baggage, passengers can choose to take the MRT which is a whole lot cheaper than taking a cab. But since we had a lot of stuff, we opted to take the cab instead. This is where we have a first-hand experience of the disciplined Singapore. People had to queue for the taxi to make sure that it was first come, first served. Very good!As we waited to a cab, I was just feeling so good. I was so glad I chose Singapore for my first trip out of my country. :) Close
Written by FriscoFrank on 06 Jan, 2007
History has it that 500 young men from China's Fujian Province accompanied princess Hang Li Po in the late 1400s to what is now Malacca on her journey to wed Sultan Mansur Shah. A popular folk lore in Singapore gives legend that these young men…Read More
History has it that 500 young men from China's Fujian Province accompanied princess Hang Li Po in the late 1400s to what is now Malacca on her journey to wed Sultan Mansur Shah. A popular folk lore in Singapore gives legend that these young men became the forebears of the Peranakan Cina. Peranakan refers to the descendants of the early Chinese who settled in the Malay Archipelago and integrated with the Malays. In Singapore, these descendants are known interchangeably as Peranakan Cina, Baba Chinese, Straits Chinese and Baba Nonya.Through the past five centuries or so, the Peranakan culture has developed into a mix of Chinese and Maly cultures, with some influence from other cultures such as Dutch, Portuguese, and Thai, resulting in a rich and distinctive mix.Most Peranakans are of Hokkien ancestry, whose dialect is one of the eight major dialects in the Chinese language and whose people inhabited the Fujian Province from where the legendary group of 500 young men originated. Present day Peranakans observe traditional Chinese celebrations and traditions, such as new year and August moon. At the same time, their food, language, and fashion have a strong Malay influence. The Nyonyas, a mix of women from the Malay Peninsula, Java, Sumatra, Burma and Thailand who married Chinese traders in the Straits Settlements of Malacca, Penang and Singapore from the sixteenth century, were true multiculturists. Their knack for combining the best of cultural influences from Chinese, Malay, and European contributed to a rich Peranakan heritage well known for its distinctive cuisine, architecture, furniture, porcelain, costumes, embroidery, beadwork, silverware, and jewelry.On a warm and hazy day, with temperatures in the mid-80s, my informal tour guide Karen, met through a mutual friend, took me to Singapore's East Coast Road, in the heart of the Katong District. There, for about two city blocks, lined shops and restaurants where I could get a feel of the Peranakan experience. We entered Rumah Bebe, a shop decorated in traditional Peranakan style to showcase its culture and heritage. The sales clerk, a middle-aged lady named Doris who spoke perfect English, showed me kebayas, various exquisite items of beadwork, batik, jewelry, porcelain, and even furniture.The kebaya is a long sleeved blouse with lace appliqued around the edges and generally worn with a sarong. It is the traditional costume of Straits Chinese ladies and other Peranakan women from Indonesia and Thailand. A sarong is a large sheet of fabric, often brightly colored, and is wrapped around the waist and worn as a skirt by men and women in southeast Asia and Pacific islands. Doris showed me a selection of sarongs with intricate patterns, images of animals and plants. If a sarong does not have ties, a pin may be used, or the fabric may be tightly tucked under itself in layers to hold it in place. For the feet, beaded slippers called "kasut manek" are a must. For adaptation to contemporary times, the kebaya can be worn with pants and over a tank top as a jacket.At Kim Choo's Kitchen, next to Rumah Bebe, Karen suggested trying out spicy fish otah, soon kueh, and chendol. Otah is a spicy fish cake, comes wrapped in coconut leaves and blended in coconut milk and spices. Contrary to my preconception, the otah I had was quite gentle in taste and smell. I quickly finished it and called the waitress for another order. Kueh is a little dessert prepared using tapioca, rice flour, sugar and coconut cream, grated fresh coconut, pandan leaves, palm sugar, and mung beans. The word “kueh” (or kuay) describes the assortment of colorful savories and desserts that are a favorite among Malaysians and Singaporeans. Rice flour and tapioca form the main body of these sweets. They come in different colors, shapes and textures with fillings ranging from candied coconut to palm sugar and coconut custard or kaya.Chendol is a dessert like drink that usually consists of white coconut milk, thin worm-like, pandan-flavoured, green-colored pea flour noodles and palm sugar (gula melaka). Karen had ordered my chendol to come with add-ons of red beans, grass jelly, and shaved ice. This is what a meal drink should be, as I thought about all the sodas, milk shakes and teas I had downed over the years. There is just no comparison. In a short questions and answers session later on, Shirley Tay, resident Nyonya chef at the Furama City Centre Hotel in Singapore, told me that Peranakan cusine uses a lot of fruits, such as banana hearts to make salads, and sour rambutan (the yellow ones) to make a delicious assam dish with fish or crab. Two popular favorites are babi pongteh and buah keluak. Babi pongteh is port trotters stewed in a thick brown sauce. And buah keluak is a fruit from a nut tree found in Indonesia. It has a nutty and slightly bitter taste but is fragrant when eaten with freshly-cooked rice and gravy. It has an acquired taste and is cooked with meats such as pork ribs or chicken.Karen told me that it was unfortunate that we could not visit and see the Tan Chong Lock Baba House, which she had heard and read about so much. The Tan Chong Lock Baba House is currently under restoration and scheduled to open in 2007, presently estimated to be in September but could be earlier. It is located at 157 Neil Road and is one of Singapore's last remaining and intact Peranakan terraced houses. The house is named after Tan Chong Lock, who was born in 1883 in Malacca. He was the founder and first president of the Malaysian Chinese Association (MCA - 1949) and a prominent business leader in Malaya (as Malaysia was known then) and Singapore. Mr. Tan was instrumental in negotiating Singapore's independence from the British in 1947.The structure will incorporate features from southern Chinese and Malay cultures, as well as colonial Dutch and British architecture. A large part of the house will act as a museum, showcasing the rich legacy of Peranakan history, culture, lifestyle, food, and social customs. A must-see attraction of this house will be the bridal chamber revealing the important traditional customs, preparations and rites of a Peranakan wedding. Close
Written by kylita on 06 Jul, 2006
Sentosa is a popular island resort, easily reachable from the city center. To get there, we took the MRT to HarbourFront Station and took the public bus across. A more scenic but much more expensive way to get there is to take the cable car…Read More
Sentosa is a popular island resort, easily reachable from the city center. To get there, we took the MRT to HarbourFront Station and took the public bus across. A more scenic but much more expensive way to get there is to take the cable car across. You are able to go to Sentosa for a day visit or even stay there overnight. While there, we swam with the pink dolphins at the Dolphin Lagoon, visited Underwater World, Siloso Beach, and rode the Sentosa luge, and chairlift. It is extremely easy to get around the island without a car, as there are 4 free bus lines that run frequently to all of the different attractions. It is a clearly a very touristy place (the Singapore locals we met said that they have never been there) although it had some great looking beaches. Only slight complaint was that the view from the beach was straight into the shipping lanes! If you're looking for a place to relax, this is it. Close
Written by HankFontaine on 29 Jan, 2005
Well, I haven’t seen many airline reviews on here, so I figured I would try to add one. I’ve flown to S.E. Asia many times and used a variety of carriers. On my last trip, I flew with Singapore Airlines again, as they had a…Read More
Well, I haven’t seen many airline reviews on here, so I figured I would try to add one. I’ve flown to S.E. Asia many times and used a variety of carriers. On my last trip, I flew with Singapore Airlines again, as they had a fantastic deal coming from America. As many of you may know, Singapore Airlines has an excellent reputation; it's one of three airlines in the world with a five-star rating, and in some ways it lived up to this reputation. In others, it didn’t.
My itineraries called for a flight from Memphis to L.A. on United, and then from L.A. to Singapore on Singapore Airlines (SIA), making a short stop in Japan. I was flying coach, as most people do, and the overall experience was pretty good.
The good included the in-flight entertainment, which is second to none. Even in coach, they have movies on-demand, and each seat has its own TV. This means you have a selection of 30 or so movies that you can fast-forward, stop, and rewind at your convenience. They have everything from new releases to great classics like Blazing Saddles. There is also a variety of news and TV programming, such as CSI and Friends. There is also a controller in the armrest of each chair that acts as a remote and video-game controller. They have around 10 or 15 Nintendo games that each person can play at will. This is great for the people who may be flying with children or people who want a bit of interactive entertainment.
The plane itself was very clean and well-maintained. The seats were pretty comfortable for coach class but were hard for this tall guy to sleep in (no coach seat is great). Larger-sized people in coach class on any international flight will find it uncomfortable, I’m afraid.
The staff was very professional, well-groomed, and polite, but you felt a bit hurried, perhaps. It’s not a major issue, especially in coach, but there are airlines that do much better in this area. I have had better flight crews on Singapore airlines before, also, but no one beats Malaysia Airlines flight crews.
The food on this trip was awful. This is a strange thing, as I have flown Singapore Airlines before and found the food somewhat to my liking. It was all very bland, and the choices seemed very similar. Perhaps I got on a bad meal rotation, but I was a bit disappointed.
The plane was on time to each destination, but on the return flight, we arrived at LAX a bit late. There was another jet in our gate, and they wouldn’t let us go to another. We sat on the runway for over an hour in the plane. This wasn’t Singapore Airlines' fault, but I wound up missing my connecting flight and having an additional 12-hour layover in LAX.
Overall, it’s a good airline, although this flight wasn’t my best with them. I would still recommend them to people, but I would give higher marks to Malaysia Airlines.
If prices were the same, I would fly MAS, but if Singapore was more than $100 cheaper per person, I would fly with them.